According to the BBC, many tractors are stolen and spirited overseas, where they are sold on. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10171117.
At the time of writing this, I have read reports of stolen tractors being sent to Eastern Europe, Ireland, Iran – in other words, anywhere out of the country.
These tractors can be worth up to £100,000 and represent a devastating and crippling loss to the hard working farmers who own them.
How can you prevent this?
- Never leave the keys in an unattended tractor, even for a few minutes. If you need to “pop behind the hedge” – take the keys with you!
- Fit your pride and joy with an approved immobiliser and tracking device.
- Mark your tractor (all other equipment) prominently with your postcode. This acts as a visible deterrent and also means it can be quickly traced to you if it is found with the markings in tact.